To make my previous point about diet. Over the past several months, I’ve been dealing with some medical issues. As a result, I cannot workout vigorously like I prefer. Sometimes, its hard for me to exercise at all. Yet I am STILL losing weight. I’m down another pound or so already this week. Why? Because of diet. Ever since I started keeping track of every crumb of food I ingest, the weight has been coming off. Exercise makes it fly off faster. But for the weeks I’m not well enough to get a workout in, it’s good to know it’s still under control.
3 sets of 5 push-ups
3 sets of 10 leg raises
3 sets of 25 crunches
5 minute round of footwork/shuffling
5 min round of shadowboxing-hands only
5 min round of front kicks/teep-alternating legs
5 min round of alternating knees
5 min round of combos/kicks/knees/punches
5 min round of shuffling/footwork
3 sets of 15 squats
All done in my room Then a Vi shake for lunch
It’s been a bit since I’ve checked in. I’ve had a lot of things going on. I’m working on getting the coaching business going. It’s been a little slow, but gradually getting there. Also still doing the Body by Vi Challenge. I’ve had some success there and getting a lot of leads, so just waiting on that to get going. I’m confident all of these things will work. It’s just a matter of sticking to it long enough for things to fall into place.
I’m about 11 or 12 days in to the Body by Vi challenge and I’ve lost 5 lbs. My wife started the challenge with me a few days later and she’s down 6 lbs. So I’m seeing it does work. I don’t feel hungry, tired or deprived. I’ve also pretty much eliminated sodas from my diet completely.
I haven’t been able to train MMA much. My old job was closer to the gym so I’d make it over there after work. Now it isn’t, so to go there for a one hour class, it’s a 30-45 minute drive there and back. So the one hour class ends up eating up 3-4 hours of the day. I’m considering joining some place closer. But I love it at Ohana, so just going to have to take a look at some things. On nights I can’t make it to the gym, I’ve started doing some Muay Thai drills in my living room.
It looks like this:
5 minute rounds each:
round 1-Leg lifts
Round 3-Shadow boxing/hands only
Round 4-Alternating front and rear teep
Round 5-Alternating knees
I’m usually pretty wiped at the end of 30 minutes. I take 30 second breaks in between rounds. I’ll add to it as my cardio builds up and add combos and such to additional rounds.
I started a walking group as well called the Fat 2 Fighter Walkers. We did 5 miles the other night on our Riverwalk. Wife and I walked the same route today. Our next group walk is Sunday night. So that should be fun. It’s getting pretty hot here. I should have worn my hat today, the sun was pretty merciless the last mile or so.
So still lots of cool and exciting things going on. I’ll try to post more often again. I’m down 65 lbs total. I’m also considering expanding my goal beyond 250. My goal was to lose and get to 250 lbs and fight heavyweight. I’m considering instead, cutting to 205 and fighting light heavyweight. Maybe even 185. Since I’m 6’0 tall 185 wouldn’t be unreasonable. Once I’m at 250, I’ll see how I look and feel then go from there.
As part of the big changes I’ve mentioned before, I’m also starting a 90 day challenge. I have about 50 more pounds at least to lose before I’m at my ideal weight. I’m inviting all of you to join me on this challenge. If you’ve had enough of being overweight, feeling tired or just want to be more active. Join me on this journey together. You have NOTHING to lose but weight! Just click the link above to get started!
This morning I appeared on KENS 5 San Antonio with my MMA coach and some others from my gym. I thought I would share the video with you all. Everything went really well and it was a fun experience.
So past few weeks I’ve been going through a lot of changes and adjustments in my life. As well as all of the exciting things that have been happening.
I’m down about 60 lbs total now, so that is great progress. I’ve been on this journey for about six months or so, it’s amazing how far things have come. If you would have told me that day on the river last summer, when the kids were calling me a beached whale, that months from then, I’d be down 60 lbs, training for an MMA fight and featured in a national MMA magazine, I’d have thought you were insane. Yet here we are.
On Saturday, April 27th, I will be on KENS 5 San Antonio morning show with my MMA coach discussing my weight loss and the gym and such. Hard to believe how all of this is happening. Thank you also to Mayra Moreno of KENS 5 for having us.
Since I’ve been off work dealing with my anxiety attacks, I’ve had a lot of time to do some self reflection. One thing I’ve learned in my time off is a better sense of my own self worth. I think part of that comes with the weight loss as well.
Along with that, I began to question why I’ve spent so much of my life working jobs I can’t stand. My current job pays well and has great benefits, I just hate it. It’s an insurance call center, and I hate being bombarded over and over with phone calls from people calling to bitch about their bills, or coverage, or whatever. I realize such things are necessary, I just hate having to do it.
We have all sorts of sales numbers and call quotas that are tracked, cataloged and documented. If you go to the bathroom for too long, you get managers coming and looking for you and scolding you for being off the phones. Seriously, I’m 39 years old; I quit asking permission to take a shit years ago. I’m sure not gonna sit there with a stop watch timing myself.
So i’m working on an exit strategy. A big part of that is I’ve decided to take Fat 2 Fighter to the next level. I’ve launched Fat 2 Fighter Solutions. What I do there is life coaching, with an emphasis on health, weight loss and fitness. This has been an exciting journey for me so far, and even though I have a little ways to go yet, I want to help others who are having the same struggles that I was.
Now to clarify, a life coach is not a therapist, or a fitness trainer. I’ve caught little grief from both who said I’m doing something I’m not licensed to do. I don’t give advice, and I don’t create diet or workout plans for people. The clients are totally responsible for their own progress.
What I do is help them through the process, listening to them, asking them questions and helping them come up with their own diets, workouts, etc. What this does is empowers each person to take control of their own lives and removes their reliance on any outside source for their well being.
I’ve had one session so far, and have a few more lined up for next week. Hopefully I can get this to grow and make a living at this while helping others get healthy and feel better about themselves.
One thing that it’s taken me too long to realize, is that none of us will ever get ahead in life working for someone else. All we do in jobs is work our tails off helping someone else fulfill their dreams while our own life passes us by. Both my wife and I have decided that enough is enough. It is time to take control of our lives and start doing and making what we know we are worth.
So after almost six weeks off due to various illnesses and personal crises, I got back to the gym this week. I tried to go easy on myself and just did two nights of no gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on Tuesday and Thursday nights. It was really good being back, though my cardio really got bad during my time off.
It was super hot in the gym for one. They just did some remodeling and I think are still finishing up with the A/C, so it got really warm really quickly. We did some drills for about half an hour, then did free roll the rest of the time in five minute rounds. Tuesday night I gassed out pretty quick. I was going against a much younger guy, who was in really good shape. Though I noticed during drills he was really rough. Usually in drills, you kind of try to walk through the techniques, or do them quickly but gently so as not to hurt your partner.
He was just grabbing me and trying to fling me all over. He even grabbed my t-shirt at one point and ripped the sleeve out of it, which annoyed me. You don’t grab clothing in no gi. If you want to grab clothing, that’s what training with the gi is for. In a tournament you can lose points for that. In training, you rip your partner’s clothes and piss them off.
Once we started free roll, I dominated him pretty good most of the round. I got him down and took side control and held it for awhile trying to open up an armbar or choke. But he would buck a lot and eventually I got exhausted, so he was able to get out from under me and tap me out in a Kimura hold.
After that, there was about a minute or so left, and I couldn’t catch my breath. Our instructor had me sit out the last round since I think I was looking rather pale. It was a good class over all though. Seems like cardio is often the first thing to go, but also comes back pretty quickly too when you stay with it.
On Thursday I switched partners a few times as stragglers would show up late for class. We did pretty much the same kind of drills we did on Tuesday. There is one drill, I don’t know what you call it or how to describe it, but it really kills your abs. I mean, that’s all good, just not fun at the time. He showed a couple other techniques that I just couldnt’ get. I find that a lot in BJJ. There are a lot of techniques that involve putting one foot here, the other leg there, cross one arm over behind the other arm, bend over backwards and scratch your nose with your toe.
Okay, I’m exaggerating a little. But it feels like that when trying to do it. It looks so easy as they show it, but trying to execute it is another story. Maybe it’s because I’m a white belt, or a bigger guy, or both. So far my best technique is smash and choke. It’s simple, but effective. Though at some point, I’m going to have to learn some of the fancier moves.
When we rolled Thursday, I rolled with my buddy Hunter for one round. Hunter worked with me a lot then took a few months off after winning his fight. He always threw me around the mat before, and now that I’ve gained experience, I was anxious to roll with him again to show him how I’ve improved. Well, Hunter is real skinny, and tall, he’s like 6’5 or so and its ALL legs. He’d go straight to his back to defend, and I could not pass his guard no matter how hard I tried. His fucking legs don’t end, ever. It’s like Jack and the Beanstalk, they just go on and on forever. I’m clear up behind his head trying to pass his guard, and he wraps his legs around my head to triangle me. I managed to wiggle out of it, but I stumbled backward, he jumped on top and got me in an armbar before I could react.
The next round, I rolled with Jason, our instructor and gym owner. I never rolled with him before. He’s a brown belt and has probably forgotten more than I actually know about BJJ. He knows all the moves, all the counters, and the counters to the counters. Though he never really tried to tap me out. He pretty much just held me down to see if I could escape, which I couldn’t. After him I rolled with another guy I didn’t know. I did pretty well against him most of the round, by the time that round was over I was out of gas. I sat out the last two rounds.
Jason told me afterwards that my cardio will come back quickly as long as I keep returning. It’s funny too because as I was rolling, I feel physically stronger than I did a few months ago, and in my head I know the techniques. Something would open up and I knew right away what to do, but would just tire out before I could actually execute it and then would just lie there.
So at least it isn’t like completely starting over, plus I’m almost 60 lbs lighter than I was when I started. This coming week, I’m gonna get back in Muay Thai on Monday, then try to hit BJJ on Tues and Thurs. Then hopefully do BJJ and MMA on Tues and Thurs nights. As long as I have no more injuries or illness to slow me down again, I should be able to get on track to get the rest of this weight off.